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OSSINING WEB BLAST 3-20-2009 part 1
Release Date: March 20, 2009

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Part-time AmeriCorps position available at Open Door Family Medical Center.
Coordinate volunteers for our Reach Out and Read early literacy program. This is a PT AmeriCorps volunteer position and benefits include monthly stipend, educational award, health benefits, and professional development. Spanish speakers encouraged to apply. Please contact for application instructions.

 Formerly known as SeniorNet, The Town of Ossining’s Computer Learning for Adults offers computer courses for seniors and other adults who are uncertain about how to use their computers. The Beginner's Course covers the basics—how to use the mouse, write, edit, save, & print files, and email. The Internet Course focuses on do's and don'ts of email, finding information on websites, and security.  Each course is six classes, (the Beginner's on Mondays & Wednesdays for three weeks; the Internet class on Fridays for six weeks), and the cost is $50 per course. Class size is small, six students at most, with one or two assistants to help the instructor. (A minimum of four students is needed to conduct a course, which is why the schedule is subject to change.)  If you know anyone who needs basic computer instruction, please let them know about this. Schedule and registration forms may be picked up at the Community Center, or mailed to you. Call the Town of Ossining Senior Center for more information at 762-1350.

In three short months it will be 90 degrees….where will you be? Summers were made for Torview!  The Torview Swim and Tennis Club is nestled on 13 quiet acres in Ossining.  We pride ourselves on our informal atmosphere, exceptional staff, family-friendly programs and affordability.  Torview has a 25 meter pool with diving area, a separate baby pool, swim and dive teams, four clay courts, ball fields, basketball court, paddle tennis, Sunday afternoon BBQs, Family Fun Night, Kids’ Night, snack bar, and free high-speed internet with Wi-Fi access.  Family and Single memberships are available.  For more information, please visit  Torview Swim and Tennis Club, 25 Stormytown Road, Ossining.   

IT'S TIME TO GET OUT People are eagerly awaiting Comedy Night IV to be held Saturday evening March 21, 2009.  The overall feeling is; time to get out, get great value for your money and more importantly time to laugh. Proceeds from the fundraiser benefit Croton Harmon High School PTSA and Croton Teen Theatre.  The event takes place at Holy Name of Mary Church hall beginning at 7:00 p.m.  Dinner, donated by Good To Go Gourmet, unlimited wine and beer, coffee, tea, desserts and three New York City comedians all for $50.  Music will be provided by Rob & Lisa Morsberger, Mark Minkler and John Doty. Some tickets are still available.  Please call Anna Reisner 271-9011 or JoAnn McLellan 271-4476 for tickets.  See you there!


Baseball Clinic…Saturday, March 21st Hosted by Bill Casey (Ossining High School Varsity Baseball Coach) and the Ossining Travel Baseball League.  Location:  AMD Middle School, 1:00 – 2:30 p.m. Cost $5 per session.


Two Seats are Available on The Ossining Board of Education.  The Ossining Board of Education will hold its Annual Election and Budget Vote on Tuesday, May 19, 2009.  This year two seats become available with the terms of Dana Levenberg and Irwin J. Kavy ending on June 30, 2009.  Interested candidates may obtain a petition packet from the District Clerk at the Roosevelt Education Center, 190 Croton Avenue, Ossining.  Monday through Friday, between the hours of 8:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. The last day for filing petitions is 5:00 p.m. on Monday, April 20, 2009.  For further information please contact Vanessa Muro, District Clerk 941-7700, ext. 317. 


The Ossining Community Tennis Association cordially invites you & a guest to attend "LIGHT UP OSSINING TENNIS" Join us on Friday, March 27th at 7 p.m. for
Fine Wine Tasting and Hors D' Oeuvres as we celebrate our kick-off event to obtain lighting for Nelson Park Courts and bring Night Tennis to Ossining.  The wine-tasting to raise money for lights at the Nelson Park Tennis Courts will be held Friday, March 27th at 7 PM at Jeannette and Matko Gerber's home at 55 Van Cortlandt Avenue. To attend please send a check for $40 per person to Jerry Ross, 30 State Street, Ossining, NY 10562.  Lights for the courts will greatly increase evening activity at the park and benefit the entire community, from students to seniors.   


Rotary Club of Ossining Spaghetti Dinner Rotary International is known for many accomplishments; the one that stands out is the dedication to eradicate polio from the face of the earth, 90% has been accomplished, but there are still pockets especially in Africa that many teams are working on at this very moment.  Ossining's own George Camp is leaving next weekend to join a team that will be vaccinating children.  Bill Gates and his Foundation has challenged Rotary International (over 1.2 million members worldwide) to match the foundation 100 million dollar contribution to rid the world of polio.  Each club has been asked to work toward that goal.  The Rotary Club of Ossining has decided that there is nothing better then an evening with friends and family enjoying a Spaghetti and Meatball dinner...find out more about this exciting cause....renew old acquaintances, meet new people and enjoy the Ossining community.  On Saturday, March 28, 2009 at the United Methodist Church, Highland Ave, 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM, $15.00 per person, $10.00 for children under 10.  Menu - Spaghetti, meatballs & sausage, salad, soda, wine and dessert.  For more information or to R.S.V.P. contact:  Sue Donnelly at or Judy Herguth at 424-1133.


Hydrant Flushing Schedule The Village of Ossining Water Department will begin flushing fire hydrants throughout the Village on Sunday evening, March 29, 2009.  Flushing of hydrants will be performed between 11:00 p.m. and 7:00 a.m. in order to minimize disruptions to our residents and will take approximately four weeks to complete.  As the flushing of hydrants takes place closer to your home, you may notice some discoloration in your water first thing in the morning.  Do not be alarmed.  Just run your water for a short period of time and it should clear up.  If the discoloration persists, please notify the Water Department at 941-6111.  The Water Department regrets any temporary inconvenience you may experience; however, this operation is necessary for us to ensure the continued cleanliness of the water distribution system.  We will do everything possible to minimize any problems.


Acting Workshop in Ossining! 4 Week Acting Workshop! Learn about acting with professional acting coach, Sheila Speller, Ossining resident. The workshops will be held on Fridays - April 3, April 10, April 17, and April 24. There's a class for Teen Jrs. (Ages 11-13) from 3:30p-4:30p $60; Teens (Ages 14-18) from 4:45p-5:45p $80; and Adults (Ages 19+) from 6:00p-7:00p $96.  The workshop will cover Acting Technique, Theatre Exercises, Monologues, Scene Study, Audition Prep, for Theatre and Commercials. For information, or to register call: 917-446-2646 or email: Website:; Classes will be held at: Josie's International School of Dance, 125 Main Street, 2nd Floor, Ossining. About Sheila Speller: Ms. Speller has worked in theatre (Off-Broadway), national TV commercials (most recently 'Evista'), 50+ commercial print ads (Mastercard, Harrah's, Citibank, Discovery, Pfizer, Fisher-Price and many more), daytime soaps (One Life to Live, All My Children), Film, TV, corporate training industrials, voiceovers, catalogue and fit model, over the past 20 years. She is a member of Screen Actors Guild, Actors' Equity, and AFTRA.


Ossining Community Garden Spring is coming!  Reserve a plot at the Greater Ossining Recreation and Parks Department Community Garden.  Here are some of the reasons to participate:  grow your own delicious vegetables and save money, grow beautiful flowers to enjoy, improve your health with cleaner air, exercise and fresh food, meet new people and build community, relax in the shade or sun, participate in fun events, have a BBQ with family and friends, learn, grow, play and have fun!  To reserve a plot at the Cedar Lane Park or for more information, contact:  Ossining Recreation and Parks at 941-3189 ext. 310.     


OPL Events…

The Ossining Public Library presents The Second Annual Festival of Writers and Readers:

-Monday, April 13th, This Book is Overdue! How Librarians and Cybrarians Can Save Us All - panel discussion with author Marilyn Johnson and library directors Terry Kirchner, Sandra Miranda and Elizabeth Bermel. 

 - Monday, April 27th, Writers on Writing the Art, Craft and Business of Getting Published - panelists include authors Kirsten Bakis, Preston Keat, Susanna Reich, Jason Riley, Timothy Schenck and Literary agent Amy Williams.  

-         Monday, May 11th, Readers on Reading Why We Read When We Don't Have To - panelists include local Ossining readers Dorian Burden, Scott Craven, Joe Perez, David Swope and Lydia Voles.  All discussions are at 7:30 p.m. in the Budarz Theater with book signing to follow.  


Vanishing America The Films of John Ford:  April 1st, Steamboat 'Round the Bend (1935), - May 6th, The Grapes of Wrath (1940), June 3rd, My Darling Clementine (1946)  All films are on Wednesday evenings at 7 p.m. in the Budarz Theater.  Curated by Bonnie Katz, discussions are moderated by Mark Hasskarl, free admission and refreshments.  


Ossining MATTERS presents Music From An American Icon: Rosanne Cash featuring John Leventhal.  Grammy-winning singer-songwriter Rosanne Cash will headline a concert to benefit Ossining MATTERS, our community's education foundation.  Cash's husband, Grammy-winning producer-songwriter John Leventhal, a Westchester native, will appear with her. Students from OHS will also perform.  Saturday, April 18, 7pm. Ossining High School.  Gala Reception to follow at the Ossining Public Library.  Online Auction, Starting April 15 Tickets on sale starting March 3.  For more information:  510-9320 or  


Shoppers used to getting their local food fixes at the Ossining Farmers Market can now support their farmers all winter long at the Briarcliff Indoor Farmers Market held two Saturdays a month from 8:30am-2pm in the Briarcliff Congregational Church on the corner of Elm Street and South State Road.  The Briarcliff Market boasts many of the farm products enjoyed all summer including, pasture raised meat and poultry, pickles, produce, specialty foods, artisanal cheeses, cider, apples, pears, cider donuts, crusty bread and baked goods.  The remaining market dates are: 3/21, 4/4, 4/18, 5/2, 5/16.


FREE Tax Prep at IFCA - Attention taxpayers who earn under $41,646 per year:

Our trained and certified tax preparers will file your taxes for free. Get fast refunds with direct deposit!  Open weekly: Mon: 10 am - 4 pm by appt; Tues: 3 pm - 6:00 pm - walk-ins; Wed: 10 am - 6:00 pm - walk-ins; Fri: 10 am - 3:30 pm by appt.  Location: IFCA, 138 Spring Street, Ossining.  Call Valerie at 914/941-5252 ext. 13.  Sponsored by The Wachovia Foundation.


Maryknoll Fathers and Brothers Sponsor Video Contest with a Chance to Win a Trip to Brazil…Entries Will Be Accepted for the Maryknoll Explore My Mission Video Contest From March 2-April 10, 2009.  Maryknoll Fathers and Brothers announce the sponsorship of Explore My Mission, a video contest for ages 18-35.  Catholic young people with a passion for living the Gospel by helping others can win an opportunity to experience another culture and live the world of mission in another country.  Two grand prize winners will be awarded a ten-day short-term mission trip to Brazil.  They will work along side the Maryknoll Brazil Mission Community in their service among the poor in shantytowns of the city of João Pessoa.  Assignment:  Create a video, 3 minutes or less, featuring you, the service or ministry with which you are involved, and the reason you would be a good choice for this mission project.  Deadline: Video entries may be uploaded to the official contest site,, from March 2 through April 10, 2009.  Contest winners will be notified by May 14, 2009.  Contest winners will be in Brazil from June 15-25, 2009.  Complete instructions are available at the site.  Maryknoll Fathers and Brothers –formally known as the Catholic Foreign Mission Society of America—was founded in 1911 with the support of the Bishops of the United States to be the chief mission outreach of the American Church.  We are currently serving the Church –especially among the poor-- in 28 countries worldwide.  For more information consult the World Wide Web at


Furniture Sharehouse collects your average-sized, gently-used unwanted furniture and redistributes it free, to Westchester’s neediest via 30 local member service agencies. YES we do take clean upholstery and bedding; also working lamps, TVs, microwaves, toaster ovens, and unwanted mirrors and artwork. YES we pick up. YES it is tax-deductible. And YES you WILL make a difference in someone’s life. Need is year-round, but YES we are also NEEDING VOLUNTEERS FOR A FURNITURE DRIVE ON April 25th! Rain or Shine, 3 locations: Rye Playland, WP airport and Armonk Town Hall. or 914. 834.1294 for details. Thank you!!


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